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Suspended Judge Says He Looks Forward To Return To Work

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A New Hampshire judge suspended for 60 days without pay after an angry outburst at a deputy sheriff and his related dismissal of an emergency commitment case involving a suicidal woman says he respects the disciplinary decision.

Manchester Circuit Court Judge William Lyons was also publicly censured for his misconduct and ordered to pay $30,000 to cover the cost of the investigation by the Judicial Conduct Committee.

Through his lawyer, Russell Hilliard, Lyons said Sunday he "respects the process followed and decision reach" on his conduct before and during a May 2013 emergency involuntary commitment hearing.

Lyons also expressed appreciation for the support he's gotten from friends and colleagues and that that he looks forward to returning to work this fall.

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